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by Tara Emily

Since I have not yet written the quintessential I-live-in-melbourne-therefore-I-hang-out-in-dirty-stinking-laneways post, I felt it was about time to get my good friend Ally out with her pretty camera and find some laneway folk, meet them, and find out what music is making them feel all warm and crazy inside. Here’s who we found:



We found Isaac dashing in his lunch break to grab some guitar strings and other much needed musical items in China Town. He, like I have been lately, is obsessing over his Neil Young collection – apparently, Harvest Moon is on repeat at his house. Because he couldn’t narrow the album down to a single song, have a listen to One of These Days, one of my all time faves from the album.



Meet Bridie. This adorable girl loves the coffees and the lentil soups that one can really only make love to in a Melbourne laneway. Shes been dreaming of getting Best Coasts album on vynal – check out their song Boyfriend:


Bridie had also just spent some time in Europe where she discovered the British band Elephant. The clip for their song Ants (below) is directed by an Australian dude right here in Melbourne! If you love what you see, check out his other work here.



Katy couldn’t be missed with her outrageously loud, yet playful vintage dress that she got yesterday at the Vintage Market that pops up in Melbourne Central occasionally. She moved to Australia five years ago from Korea to study fashion merchandising – turns out she loves the place. Shes listening to TV On the Radio’s song Caffeinated Consciousness.



Caleb is studying Natural Medicine at a school in Fitzroy. He says he loves the laneway culture for its amazing coffee places, and also for all the opportunity it gives for us to be with our mates. We interrupted Caleb listening to Neutral Milk Hotel’s Naomi  – have a listen below:



Ally spotted this guy from across the road on Flinders lane – to us, his outfit was so completely unique to everything we had seen all day – making it a fantastic contrast for our eyes. He is loving Eminem’s latest – have a listen to Space Bound.



We caught the lovely Mia on a break from work. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring the new bars and clubs that are always seeming to pop up down the dankiest of alleyways. She is loving HTRK whose gig she recently saw at St Michaels Church —- (a church?!) yep, it adds to the atmosphere. Their song Disco is worth a listen.


So there you have it – yes, we are Melbournian, yes, we hang out in filthy laneways, and yes, we freakin’ love it.